KUALA LUMPUR - Sixth seed Jeremy Chardy defeated young German star Alexander Zverev 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Tuesday to reach the second round of the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur. The 28-year-old Frenchman, however, had to battle for almost two hours from a set down, to topple the 18-year-old Zverev. Chardy was slow to counter Zverev's all-action game in the opener, but recovered with fierce backhand returns in the next two games, striking six aces to secure the win. Meanwhile, 25-year-old unseeded Moldovan Radu Albot stunned fifth seed Viktor Troicki, beating the 29-year-old Serb 6-2, 7-6 (5) despite Troicki's 11 aces. Albot, whose only career title came in the men's doubles at the Istanbul Open in May, will clash with Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan in the second round.